Running Time: 2 hr. 3 min.
Release Date: August 7th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing
Directed by: Nora Ephron
JJ Rating: B+
Julia Child (Meryl Streep) decides she needs to do something different with her life even though her life was halfway done; and, though the odds are against her, she decides that cooking is what she will pursue. Julie Powell (Amy Adams) has vapid friends, a stressful job and a loving husband. She decides that she’ll cook through Julia Child’s cookbook and blog about it and finish within a year, because she rarely ever finishes anything. Julie & Julia.
The ending is not really pleasant in the sense of coming full circle. It was more of a bittersweet ending, something that was bad but flipped because of a different perception. There is no happy ending here.
Meryl Streep was fantastic. She and Stanley Tucci, who played Paul Child, were a great pair. It was touching to see how well Julia and her husband got along and how he helped calm her emotional swirls that she got herself into. He comforted her and made her feel safe even when he knew the situation was not nearly that safe to begin with. He believed in her and he did not turn his back on her. How difficult doing that really is. Watching them portrayed on the big screen via two great actors was like I was watching their lives via a reality TV camera. I had not known that she was in such a marriage. What a bond they must have had. There was so much love between the two of them, so much faith, so much hope and so much inspiration that went from one to the other.
Amy Adams played an unsure Julie. Unsure of her life, unsure of what she was doing and unsure of where she was going. Amy Adams takes roles and morphs into the characters and each character she has has the Adams Effect in work. For her eyes shimmer in ways no other actress can even do and that is the only time one is reminded that it is Adams, for when the film starts
I think it would be fun to be a critic of the critics and write reviews of their terrible reviews. It’s just that they berate Amy Adams in this film. It’s like having a protégé artist create something magnificent and then putting it in a gallery next to the Mona Lisa and comparing the two.
Chris Messina plays Eric Powell husband of Julie and
I like how Julie & Julia show that working hard at something you love and want to do and seeing it to the end actually really makes a difference, and it may make a difference not only in yours but other people’s lives. But never forsake the love of family and the support that they offer in times of need. Don’t bite the hand that comforts.
The story is inspirational in many ways and the end is one of those ways. Throughout the film there are moments when both want to just give up but they are motivated either by their own actions or someone else’s or their husbands step in and give them a boost. As a whole they both will inspire others to dare to do something and see it through.
Julie & Julia has humor, charm and class. It conveys the right amount of heart and strength and gives a warm feeling of how grateful the world is that Julia Child decided to take a cooking class that mainly men took and how grateful the world is, also, that Julie Powell decided to finish a blog about cooking through Child’s cookbook. Simple decisions can end up making a world of difference and making a film that will not only entertain but motivate.